Being ousted from a band that you've played with for a decade can't be easy.
However, when there's no good reason other than the fact that they wanted to reinstate the guy you replaced, that's gotta hurt.
That said, it sounds like Josh Klinghoffer is taking it all on the chin.
As you may recall, the guitarist was originally drafted in to replace John Frusciante in Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2009 – and has now been removed from his post to make way for Frusciante's return.
The band made the announcement last month, saying “Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us."
Now, Klinghoffer has broken his silence on the band's game of musical chairs on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, and by all accounts there are no hard feelings.
He called it a 'pretty simple decision' for RHCP and said that it was “a complete shock but no surprise”.
“John and Flea have a musical language,” he said. “I’ll never be able to contend with the history him and John had.”
He revealed that the band had broken the news to him in Flea's house. “They just said, ‘We’ll get right to it. We’ve decided to ask John to come back to the band.’,” he said. “And I just sat there quiet for a second and I said, ‘I’m not surprised.’
“The only thing I could think to say was, ‘I wish I could have done something with you guys, musically or creatively, that would have made this an absolute impossibility.'”
Now, Frusciante is set to rejoin his bandmates in the studio as they start work on a new album. The last album he played on was 2006's 'Stadium Arcadium'.